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People Don’t Always Take Advantage of Dental Care

People with dental insurance aren’t necessarily using it, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry concluded that people aren’t knowledgeable enough to understand the importance of dental health. If dental health is neglected, it may lead to poor overall health.

Richard J. Manski, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, was one of the lead authors on the study, which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health. He said people needed to see some positive promotion of dental care to truly realize its importance.

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Antibacterial Agent Aids Toothpaste Success

Triclosan may be the most important ingredient in fluoride toothpaste.

A new study shows that triclosan, which is a bacterial agent, combines with a copolymer to decrease plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums. It also slightly lowers tooth decay when compared to fluoride toothpaste that doesn’t possess those substances.

The information appears in a study by The Cochrane Library.

Tooth decay and gingivitis are the top causes of tooth loss. Plaque produces both conditions after the film of the bacteria build up on teeth. When left alone, periodontitis may be the result.

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E-Cigarettes May Not Provide Major Upgrade Over Cigarettes

If a person thinks an e-cigarette is better than regular cigarettes, the person is more likely to use them, according to a new study.

The study showed that people are more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes even though the long-term oral health effects are unknown. The information appears in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The University of Minnesota research team explored the correlation between thinking e-cigarettes are harmless and the use of them. After studying nearly 1,400 young people who had never smoked e-cigarettes, the conclusion was that they were more likely to use them based on the perception that they were less harmful than regular cigarettes.

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Number of Dentists in Scotland Rises

Many more people in Scotland will receive the dental treatment they need. This can be attributed to the increase in dentists in the country in recent years.

Between September 2006 and September 2013, Scotland added 793 dentists, which is an increase of nearly 33 percent.

The trickle-down effect led to more dental patients in the country. The number of adult patients was a 36-percent increase and the number was 24 percent higher for children. In terms of people, that equates to 1.8 million more dental patients during the seven-year stretch. The total number of dental patients in Scotland has now reached about 4.4 million.

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New Sweet Could be Beneficial

A new treat may actually aid oral health.

A German firm called Organobalance GMBH will launch a new sweet that claims to fight bad bacteria. It apparently does this by containing probiotic bacteria and stopping harmful bacteria from clinging to the teeth. This new sweet allows for the harmful bacteria to be swallowed and then excreted out of the body.

These sweets use the bacteria called lactobacillus paracasei.

The probiotic bacteria get released after sucking on the sweet. They eventually bind with harmful bacteria to prevent them from sticking to the gumline and enamel.

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